Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt amidst boos at the London World Championships

IAAF Justin Gatlin

It wasn’t meant to happen. Justin Gatlin was older and slower, and Usain Bolt was the favourite, unbeatable. And yet, Gatlin came out of the stocks and ran like the wind, and our Thunderbolt, our firm favourite and idol took home a disappointing bronze in what was to be his final ever 100m race.

Justin Gatlin wins 100m race
The look of a winner who stuns the world!

It is terrible that the winner was booed by almost all of the 56,000 people in the stadium.

But it didn’t seem to bother the star none. Bolt, showing class and grace to the very end stated that the Justin Gatlin did not deserve the boos, and called the winner a great competitor. Naturally, he is gutted at not being able to take home the gold medal on this final game, but he knew he didn’t bring his all in those hundred metres.

Usain Bolt on Justin Gatlin - BBC
From the BBC | Usain Bolt on Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt hugged the winner as soon as the race ended, and Gatlin responded by bowing to the G.O.A.T.

Justin Gatlin bows to Usain Bolt

There were no losers tonight; only amazing sports. Congratulations, Gatlin, you earned it, deserved it, and this Londoner is proud to call you a winner!

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